Getting Back Up

There are times in our lives when things are going gloriously well and we have not a care in the world. Then, reality hits and we are exposed to challenging times which we’d just as soon avoid at all costs.

These challenging times remind me of my young childhood when I was 6 or seven years old. We were given an inflatable clown nearly as tall as we were which was weighed down by a circle of sand on the bottom. I remember punching this clown and it just popped back up.

Getting back up after a challenging altercation from life is not quite as easy. Rejection, serious illnesses, life crises, divorce, betrayal, deaths of loved ones, harsh words, demotions and other parts of life that we’d just as soon forget give quite the blow to our psyche. We get up slowly and try to feel confident and less vulnerable once more. It’s rarely an immediate rebound. These things take time.

But, rebound we must. Time and our faith in God, friends and supportive family members and distraction and forgiveness and, sometimes, even therapy are all great healers. Our psyche must rebound and leave that vulnerable state so that we can face whatever life brings our way once more. When we do not rebound, we remain vulnerable and unable to learn lessons from these events in our life.

I have confidence that you can rebound . I know you will recover from these blows to go on and be the best you can be. Millions of others have been in that same dark place and have recovered. They just don’t always share their vulnerable parts with you.. But, when they have lived any time on earth, they have all experienced this. .

Next time you are hit by one of life’s many blows, recall the rebounding clown For all of us can come back and be even stronger than before!!!

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Suggestions for Improvement

I’m OK and You’re Not copyright by me 2013

Scornful suggestions for improvement rarely cause change. It creates an “I’m better than you” climate in which problems are much more difficult, if not impossible, to solve.

Working on issues together is far easier when there is love, respect and kindness and PATIENCE. Also easier when we remember that WE are not perfect, either !!

How do YOU respond to scornful suggestions for improvement?? So, you can understand another’s reaction to your put downs, can’t you??
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Words Can Be Vomit

Words copyright 2012

Some words are venom

Piercing the soul

They squeeze the senses

And take their toll.

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The childhood rhyme

About Sticks and Stones …

Was lyin’ to you

It has been shown.

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For words can be poison

Words can be gall

Words can cut you

And make you bawl.

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Written or spoken

Harsh words you’ll recall

Long after they’re uttered

Big words or small.

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So carefully choose

What to say

Think thrice upon it

And then wait a day.

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Best not say them

Best leave them be

Words can be vomit

Hard to clean…

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Impressions Left

  Footprint copyright 2009 by me

 

In and out of my life

Pass many souls.

Some linger a bit,

While others simply

Rest a moment as does a butterfly.

 

Yet, many leave a mark

Both good and bad memories.

 

Be grateful for those who bring a gift

And, learn lessons from those who do not.

For all whom you encounter

As you make your way

Leave their unique footprint on your life.

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Stop, Look and Listen

The moments you take to stop and listen to another human being are a huge investment in the future. For when we are so wrapped up in our ‘busyness’ that we do not have time to meaningfully communicate with another, that is the day our world starts DYING.

In fact, when you do not take time for others, that is the day YOU start dying.

Take the time for another…it doesn’t have to be hours.. Just take time from your ‘busyness’ to listen, share and care.

What could be more precious and more important than someone else in your life’s circle???

We are an integral part of the Brotherhood of Man.
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Gossip

Don’t listen to the gossips for they love to put others’ down because, in a twisted way, putting someone else down elevates their own low self-esteem.

Gossip is a conversation of EXCLUSION. Be careful what you say about another, for in the future, you never know when you may be the subject of gossip.

Move toward inclusion and kindness; Always.
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Exercise or All Bets Are Off

Still walking on a daily basis for 50 minutes. I cannot foresee any time when I will stop doing this now that I know what it has done for my body…..My Blood Pressure is great. Before daily exercise, it was inching up toward medication levels. Now, blood pressure is excellent once more. My resting pulse has dropped like a rock. If this hadn’t happened to me and hadn’t been my body, I wouldn’t have believed it.Daily exercise is vital to keeping our hearts healthy. I WAS walking for 30 min 2-3 times a week and I don’t think it made much difference. But, daily walking on my treadmill has made an amazing difference. I also am doing some light weight repetitive lifting…

I cannot say that this exercise is something I love doing every day..sometimes, it’s hard to fit it in to my busy day, but I can really see the difference now. If I miss a day, I get right back on track the following day. I want to be an upright grandma when I watch my youngest grandkids (yet to be born) graduate from high school. I swear I’ll avoid using a cane, even in my 80s. This is my motivation and you’ll have to find some meaningful motivation for you..

Another benefit? I was noticing that I had some SI pain from sitting so much in front of a computer. Painful. Since walking regularly, it has totally disappeared.

FYI: I have noticed that those ppl who have incorporated regular exercise into their daily routines do much better and thus, are in MUCH better shape healthwise into their retirement. They are able to use their retirement $$ for what THEY want to do….not for frequent hospitalizations, tons of medications and frequent Dr visits. BE SURE TO DISCUSS WITH YOUR DOCTOR WHAT EXERCISE IS SAFE FOR YOU !!!

Regular preventative exams make a big difference, too… An annual physical, mammogram, pap smear, colonoscopy, dental checkups, eye exams, flu shot, pneumonia shot and also shingles shot.

I’m telling you and I hope you’re listening…Take care of your body so it will take care of you. Take it for granted and all bets are off.
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Photo: Still walking on a daily basis for 50 minutes. I cannot foresee any time when I will stop doing this now that I know what it has done for my body.....My Blood Pressure is great. Before daily exercise, it was inching up toward medication levels. Now, blood pressure is excellent once more. My resting pulse has dropped like a rock.  If this hadn't happened to me and hadn't been my body, I wouldn't have believed it.</p>
<p>Daily exercise is vital to keeping our hearts healthy. I WAS walking for 30 min 2-3 times a week and I don't think it made much difference. But, daily walking on my treadmill has made an amazing difference. I also am doing some light weight repetitive lifting...</p>
<p>I cannot say that this exercise is something I love doing every day..sometimes, it's hard to fit it in to my busy day, but I can really see the difference now.  If I miss a day, I get right back on track the following day.  I want to be an upright grandma when I watch my youngest grandkids (yet to be born) graduate from high school. I swear I'll avoid using a cane, even in my 80s. This is my motivation and you'll have to find some meaningful motivation for you..</p>
<p>Another benefit? I was noticing that I had some SI pain from sitting so much in front of a computer. Painful. Since walking regularly, it has totally disappeared. </p>
<p>FYI: I have noticed that those ppl who have incorporated regular exercise into their daily routines do much better and thus, are in MUCH better shape healthwise into their retirement. They are able to use their retirement $$ for what THEY want to do....not for frequent hospitalizations, tons of medications and frequent Dr visits. BE SURE TO DISCUSS WITH YOUR DOCTOR WHAT EXERCISE IS SAFE FOR YOU !!!</p>
<p>Regular preventative exams make a big difference, too... An annual physical, mammogram, pap smear, colonoscopy, dental checkups, eye exams, flu shot, pneumonia shot and also shingles shot.</p>
<p>I'm telling you and I hope you're listening...Take care of your body so it will take care of you. Take it for granted and all bets are off.<br />
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How Brave Are You?

Do you know someone (child or adult) who is being bullied or shunned or is mistreated? Many who observe adults or children in this situation do not join in this activity, but, because of their own safety or job security or position in a group…do nothing about it.

Be a leader; don’t be satisfied with being a follower. Don’t remain silent or just follow everyone else’s lead. Be brave. Speak up and make a difference.
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Is There A Downside to Kindness?

Loving kindness, caring and giving are wonderful goals to set in life. Continue practicing these things. And add a healthy respect of others with these goals.

Don’t be foolishly kind. Not everyone is going to be kind, caring or giving in return nor will they hesitate to take advantage of you or even crush you emotionally or physically. They are wolves in sheep clothing. These people are anywhere…at school, at church, at home or in the community. I’m sure you know that not everyone wishes the best for you. Hopefully, your contact with these types of people will be limited, but be aware that they are out there!

Be smart. Establish healthy boundaries to protect yourself. Be assertive in speaking for what you need. Don’t hesitate to walk away from a dangerous or unhealthy situation or relationship. Continue being kind as this is an admirable goal. No one said you had to be a kind martyr.
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Yes, You Can!

An incident recalled from John O’Leary’s life. Below is the story from John’s own lips. John sustained horrible burns when he was 9 y/o when he decided to do a scientific experiment of pouring gasoline on newspapers in his parents’ garage. The gasoline became a flash fire…

What would it take to care this much for a stranger…and this “you can do it’ made such a difference. You could do this, too! Open your eyes and look around for other people in your life’s circle and beyond who could use some help or an encouraging word..

That encouragement? Priceless. (I know because I was once the recipient of grace from an acquaintance of mine during one of the most difficult times in my life.)

You could be the difference.

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